The NFL named former offensive tackle and U.S. Congressman Jon Runyan as its vice president of policy and rules administration on Tuesday.
After his football career, Runyan served in the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey's third congressional district from 2011 to 2015.
His new job in football operations will include supervision of team an game-related initiatives related to the players. Runyan is also designated as commissioner Roger Goodell's representative to deal with on-field discipline according to terms of the Collective Bargaining agreement.
Among Runyan's other duties will be to oversee the uniform and protective equipment inspection program.
"Jon's breadth of experience from the gridiron to the halls of Congress to the NFL offices brings a unique perspective shaped by leadership as a player and in public service," NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said. "He is a welcome addition to our team as we work to advance and grow the game, and develop all football personnel and players."
The new job will put Runyan in close contact with the competition committee, player safety addvisory panel, head coaches and team equipment managers.
"It was my life's dream to play in the NFL and I am incredibly grateful for the experience those 14 seasons gave me," Runyan said. "I am thrilled to once again be a part of the NFL family and give back to the game that gave me so much.
"I am looking forward to sharing the experiences and lessons I've learned on and off the field with fellow NFL personnel, and I am excited for this great opportunity."